'Lockdown has improved Bengaluru's air quality'

BENGALURU: The one related to COVID-19 has substantially improved Bengaluru's air quality, taking it from a satisfactory to good level, a senior state board official said Sunday.

During the course of blocking problem 19, we reached a good position from satisfactory.

It is now between zero and 50 AQI (). We have good quality air, the secretary of the State Pollution Control Board told PTI.

He said that the indicator to know the air quality in

If the AQI is from zero to 50, then it is good. If it is 50 to 100, then it is satisfactory. 101 to 150 is moderate and if it is from 151 to 200, then it is poor, he explained.

Patil said that according to available recrods, there has been a 60 to 65 percent reduction in contamination during the shutdown.

The city's railway station and Peenya industrial area, which used to be among the areas with the highest AQI, has seen pollution levels decrease significantly, he said.

Another major contributor to the contamination was construction activities, which were also halted due to the blockade, resulting in zero dust emissions.

Patil opined that improving air quality would boost people's immune systems.

It will improve the immune system of people, including those with respiratory problems like asthma, he said.

He asked the public to learn lessons from the running of the bulls and then switch to sustainable means of transportation such as public transportation, walking and cycling.

We can still reduce the pollution burden even after the closure ends, Patil said.